Portugal – Biscoitos

img_6409tWhat an exhausting mess Brexit is. This evening is what seems to be the millionth vote on “what should we do?”, the response to which will almost undoubtedly be “but why can’t we all agree?!” I’ve almost stopped caring what happens to be honest, and I’ve been pretty interested in this thing the whole way (I mean, look at this project!), so people who weren’t too fussed in the first place must have switched off months ago. It is times like this that I am thankful for an abundance of cake in my life, because it comforts you when you’re pretty certain the people who run your country have totally lost it. No, really. img_6406tEnter biscoitos. These were joyous to make, and yielded deliciousness that goes perfectly with tea or coffee. They’re the consistency of biscotti (which I now want to make), except I made mine too big and they puffed up pretty large. When baked they’re supposed to look more like the photo below than the photo at the beginning of this post. But oh well, I’ll make them again some time, the right size, and there will be more of them which will be great. Now I’m going to go and eat and try not to stay transfixed on live news updates all night. It’s so hard to look away, and yet completely not worth watching, like a shit reality TV show.

This post is part of a series called ‘Brexit Baking’, where I bake my way around all 28 EU Member States. You can read more about it here.img_6407tBiscoitos (recipe from here)

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
6 tbsp (85g) butter
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest (I used orange zest, also good)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Soften the butter and mix with the sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the eggs and zest and beat for about 1 minute. Add the flour and baking powder to the sugar and mix until it comes together into a ball. If the dough is too soft, add a little more flour.
  3. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a flat disc 1cm high.
  4. Cut the dough evenly into 1cm x 12cm strips. Roll each strip into a round snake like form or infinity shape.
  5. Slightly grease a cookie sheet and place the biscuits evenly on the pan. Bake for about 15-18  minutes or until slightly golden brown.
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  1. They may be puffed up but I bet they tasted good!

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